A Simple Checklist to Manage Your Creative Projects

Running a great creative project requires discipline.

You need a clear focus on the results (1).

You also have to anticipate what’s ahead of you–to know what you need to make happen and what could go wrong (2).

“Under conditions of complexity, not only are checklists a help, they are required for success.”

— Atul Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto

The following checklists are here to help you run your creative projects by (1) focusing on the results and (2) anticipating what’s going to happen.

1. Focus on the results of your creative projects

What’s the purpose of this project?

How to Give Feedback That Really Helps People

Give constructive feedbackSharing constructive feedback gives you this ability to guide your team members and help them learn and grow.

Unfortunately, we never learn how to give feedback. We assume that it is intuitive; and that you should naturally master this skill.

But in practice, giving feedback feels uncomfortable.

We even often avoid doing it…

[In these reflections, I focus on “individual feedback” given to a team member (e.g. superior, peer, or subordinate). This excludes traditional employee review, team performance check-in, and managing yourself with feedback analysis.]

Feedback is an undervalued tool.

The Best Books for Entrepreneurs and Executives in 2018 (Updated)

Gathering the best books for entrepreneurs and other great resources wasn’t an easy job.

You will agree with me that there are so many books about entrepreneurship out there…

So I narrowed down the list only to the best resources. This is going to save you so much time. 😁

If you like these recommendations, share it with your friends, classmates, and colleagues.

Successful entrepreneurs, including Steve Jobs, read a lot of business books
Successful entrepreneurs, including Steve Jobs, read a lot of business books


The following lists focus on the crème de la crème of resources and books for entrepreneurs and executives.

This Is How You Plan & Run a Great Workshop

Running a workshop is an effective way to train a group or get them to do collaborative work.

But there’s still lots of misunderstanding around how to do this.

As part of running innovation projects at What If, we use workshops as a tool to harvest and leverage the creativity of our project teams.

Though I cannot recreate online the exciting experience of participating in one of these workshops, I wanted to share with you some of the most useful things you can implement in your workshops.

19 Things to Keep in Mind Before Speaking in Public

Knowing how to deliver a great speech is an essential skill for a leader.

Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, Barack Obama… They are great speakers. We all remember them for how they spoke in public.

But we don’t deliver speeches to such large audiences every day. Right?

We’re more likely to talk to the team we lead, to present something to stakeholders, or to speak at an event.

So it’s good to use these public figures to inspire us. But we also need practical tools to improve how we convey a message or tell a story.

Convince Your Boss: 11 Tips to Make Them Say “Yes!”

Convince your bossImplementing new ideas in an organisation is challenging for many reasons.

From internal politics to bureaucracy to lack of time, there are many obstacles to face…

Yet, every company needs leaders like you to make sure the organisation constantly evolves and continues to innovate.

Here are my 11 most effective tips to persuade your boss.

Get this book that gives you practical tips to get your boss adopt your ideas.

People who’ve used these tips got their boss to implement new ideas, to buy new ideas, and to get more flexible work schedules.

Manage Your Future Success Using Feedback Analysis

Feedback analysis is a necessary tool, if you want to perform at a higher level.

Let’s start thinking about what is going to happen in the next 365 days or 8,760 hours. (If you sleep 8 hours per night, this means 5,840 hours to have fun and create new thing). In this article I will explain a method to set a feedback analysis in order to assess what are your strengths and weaknesses. I also give you a spreadsheet template that will help you to set your New Year’s goals and assess your results.

16 Lessons that Helped Me Become a Better Writer (and Convince People)

For more than 9 years, I’ve been writing to educate, convince, inspire, negotiate, and sell.

Here are 16 practical things you can apply to improve your writing…

16 Useful Things that Will Help to Sell and Convince through Writing

1. Know who you’re writing to.

Who is going to read? What are they interested in? Keep one reader in mind. You shouldn’t address a group but just one reader.

2. Value your readers’ time more than yours.

Each piece should be the one that your reader shouldn’t miss regarding a specific topic. If not, there’s no reason to hit “publish” or “send”.

Performance Check-in: How to Keep Track of Your Team’s Motivation

As a leader, you must agree:

Constantly making sure that your team remains engaged and motivated is a real challenge, especially since we’re all so busy.

Here’s a simple solution to know how they feel:

Organise a Clearing Session with your team.

How to Run Your Next Clearing Sessions

At the end of every week, meet with your team and ask these two questions:

  1. What is not working for you?
  2. What is working for you?

One person at a time answers the first question. And when everyone is done—you included—the team starts answering the second question.

23 Creativity Killers That Will Drown Any Brainstorming Session

Creativity Killers to Avoid in a Brainstorming Session

  1. You’re not deferring judgment. Bad ideas are judged too soon, sometimes even before being shared.
  2. You don’t go for quantity and focus too much on quality.
  3. Wild ideas are not encouraged. You don’t go beyond what’s realistic.
  4. Someone keeps focusing on one idea because she already decided that it was the best one.
  5. You don’t build on each others’ ideas.
  6. Someone who wants to keep ownership of her ideas.
  7. There’s a feeling that sharing a bad idea makes you look dumb.
  8. The team didn’t prepare anything for the brainstorming session.